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Helmke Library Awarded Muslim Journeys Bookshelf from NEH, ALA
The Library is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys collection from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The materials are available for check-out from the library and can be used by classes or student groups.
Local support is provided by IPFW and the Allen County Public Library (ACPL). A planning committee of IPFW and ACPL members will meet soon to schedule free public events related to the collection.
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf includes books and films selected with the advice of librarians, cultural programming experts and distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys
is a project of the NEH, conducted in cooperation with ALA. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Contact Susan Anderson
in the Library with questions regarding the collection and activities or if you're interested in being involved with the project.
Want to Meet with a Librarian?
Self-Service Appointment Calendar Now Online
New this semester, schedule a research consultation through the library website. From our "Ask a Librarian" page, select a librarian by name or subject area, then schedule an appointment with just a click. No slots open? No problem. Librarians are available to help patrons at the Learning Commons desk (second floor) on a first come, first served basis from 9am-8pm most days and on weekends too.
Academic Libraries of Indiana Endorse Open Access
The Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) organization represents all academic libraries in accredited non-profit institutions of higher education in the State of Indiana. ALI and its member institutions are committed to ensuring the widest possible access to scholarly and research literature.
In addition, the Board of Directors upgraded the Open Access Subcommittee to a standing Scholarly Communication Committee. The purpose and charge of the ALI Scholarly Communication Committee is to assist ALI member libraries in educating librarians, faculty, and administrators about the problems facing scholarly communication, promoting open access initiatives on campus, such as Open Access Week, and advocating for Open Access and new models of scholarly communication in Indiana, the nation, and the world.
For more information contact, Cheryl Truesdell, Dean, IPFW Helmke Library and chair, ALI Open Access Subcommittee.
Additional Remnant Trust Books in Library Display
Six more books, including several first editions, have been added to the Remnant Trust display on the first floor of Helmke Library.
- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, 1863 first edition
- Two John Locke first editions, Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693) and Two Treatises of Government (1694)
- Machiavelli's The Prince, 1640 first edition
- Sir Thomas More's Utopia, printed in 1624
- The first English edition, 1759, of Voltaire's Candide, or All for the Best
- King James Bible "He" version, 1611 first edition
These Remnant Trust books will be on display through April. See the College of Arts and Sciences UC2 Events Web site for events planned in conjunction with the Remnant Trust exhibit.
Exhibit: The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wall-Paper
February 11 through March 23, 2013
Learning Commons (2nd floor Helmke Library)
In the late 19th century, when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled The Yellow Wall-Paper
. The tale is an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women's professional and creative opportunities (from U.S. National Library of Medicine
The Walter E. Helmke Library will host a traveling exhibit based on this classic of feminist literature and the "rest cure" from February 11-March 23, 2013 in the Learning Commons (2nd floor Helmke Library). This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
An accompanying Web site
includes digital documents including Charlotte Perkins Gilman's explanation of why she wrote the story, an instructional module for higher education and other resources. The instructional module, The Troubled Mind in Medicine and Society
, authored by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, PhD, of Smith College, explores the interactions between science and society in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's time with particular attention to gender, the medical profession and mental illness. Using the exhibit as the starting point, it builds with additional readings and discussion points.
Apps-olutely: Apps for Astronomy, Math, and Self-Improvement
Astronomy: Solar Walk
($0.99) Explore planets, moons, and satellites, then spin them through space with a time lapse feature. Information pages with beautiful figures teach about each celestial body, and its place in the solar system, from the internal structure of Venus to the current NASA missions to Mars.
($0.99) Trying to teach icosahedrons? Want to see what the cross section of a truncated octahedron looks like? iCrosss presents simple line drawings of polyhedrons, lists facts and formulas relative to each, and invites you to interact with each shape by cutting planes through them, spinning them around, and viewing them from multiple angles at once.
(free) How are your New Year's resolutions coming along? Use Lift to help you form new habits. By tracking your habits, visualizing your progress, and providing social support, Lift offers positive reinforcement that can help you reach your goals. You'll find you're not alone. The most tracked habit? Flossing.
The Eagle: TSA
If you've flown at any time during the last decade you've seen them at the security gates in every airport. The ubiquitous blue-shirted agents of the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) are most visible at the security check point.
Created after the attacks on September 11, 2001, the TSA is tasked with keeping air travel safe for passengers and working closely with law enforcement and other government agencies. If you're planning air travel, there are resources
at your disposal to ensure the time spent with the TSA is pleasant. There's also the myTSA
app for Apple and Android devices, which provides hints for speeding through security as well as real-time airport updates from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Library People and Accomplishments
Florence Mugambi is the winner of the African Studies Association 2012 Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award in the amount of $500. The award was granted to support her research project, "Building Library Relationships in Ontulili, Kenya: Towards an Effort to Establish a Community Library."
Congratulations, graduates! Two of the library's student employees graduated in December 2012. Ellen Clark worked at the Service Desk for about four and a half years. Kayla Mayers was a computer lab consultant in the library for about three years. Both were among the first Learning Commons Consultants hired when the Commons opened in the fall of 2011. Best wishes, Ellen and Kayla!
Our Helmke Library books get around! Deb Haley received a check from a Bloomington student in payment for a book that he had not returned. In a note to Helmke Library he wrote:
Dear Ms. Haley: . . . I would have returned the book, but unfortunately I left the book in Beijing, China so there is no way to get it back. Sorry for the inconvenience.